“The Art of More”
Thursday, Nov. 19 (Crackle)
Series Debut: Small-time crook Graham Connor (Christian Cooke) slips into the high-end art world of the super-rich — but if the dark side of the auction house doesn’t sting him first, his shady secret past will. The slick and sexy “Art of More” is relatable to your life in no way whatsoever (sure, Graham came from nothing, but he’s still ridiculously good-looking), but it’s deeper than you’d expect luxury porn to be, and the supporting cast (Dennis Quaid, Kate Bosworth and Cary Elwes) ain’t bad for a streaming app/network (appnet?) you’ve barely heard of, either.
Series Debut: It’s going to be tough to follow-up “Daredevil,” especially with a lesser-known character like Jessica Jones, but Marvel’s too big to fail, so why worry? Based on Brian Michael Bendis’ darkly fantastic “Alias” series, Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is an ex-superhero trying to lead a relatively normal existence as a private detective, even though most of her clients end up being of the super-powered variety. Also impeding her process of powering down and fitting in: Jessica has more issues than, well, the Marvel Universe. Considering Netflix’s “Daredevil” revelation, as well as the show’s creator (a former “Dexter writer”) and the solid cast behind the always-winning Ritter (David Tennant, Carrie-Anne Moss and future Luke Cage Mike Colter), “Jessica Jones” is easily another gritty smack upside the head.
“The Man in the High Castle”
Friday, Nov. 20 (Amazon Prime)
Series Debut: In an alternate universe where the Germans won World War II, early-’60s USA is halved into the Greater Nazi Reich and the Japanese Pacific States. “The Man in the High Castle”’s production and attention to detail is impressive, bringing the 1962 Phillip K. Dick novel to full-blown life even as the lead actors appear lifeless (could have done better than “Pretty Little Liars”’ Luke Kleintank and “Mob City”’s Alexa Davalos, Ridley Scott).
“Northpole: Open for Christmas”
Saturday, Nov. 21 (Hallmark)
Movie: The crime here isn’t that Hallmark is dropping a new Christmas movie on Nov. 21 — it’s that the network already began the jingle-blitzkrieg three weeks ago! On Halloween! “Northpole: Open for Christmas” is just another one of the Mad-Libbed holiday-rom-com-shot-up-with-fuzzy-feels treatises on the True Meaning of Christmas that we’ve come to expect/endure from Hallmark (and ABC Family, Lifetime, et al) every year the millisecond a leaf turns brown. Says here, “Dermot Mulroney stars as Ian, a small-town handyman who comes to the aid of Mackenzie (Lori Loughlin) to help restore a cherished local inn she inherited, but wants to sell. Unbeknownst to Ian and Mackenzie, Santa sends his trusted elf Clementine (Bailee Madison) on a special mission to help Mackenzie rebuild and rediscover the magic of the holidays.” By not selling her rat trap? Maybe she wants out of this money pit and into a new condo on the gentrified side of town, next to the microbrewery and the artisan crepery! You don’t know, Santa! Damned hippie. CV
Bill Frost writes about television for Salt Lake City Weekly, talks about it on the TV Tan Podcast, and tweets about it at @Bill_Frost.